Four Jackson County communities soon will usher in the most wonderful time of the year with free Christmas events for families.
There will be live reindeer, a Christmas parade, Christmas movies, lighting of Christmas trees and of course, visits from Santa.
Santa comes to Seymour
Seymour will kick off this year’s holiday season first with its Home for the Holidays event Saturday.
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Sponsored by the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Seymour Parks and Recreation Department, Seymour Oktoberfest and Seymour Main Street, the all-day celebration will take place in downtown Seymour and at Crossroads Community Park.
- 8 to 10 a.m.: Santa breakfast at Bullwinkle’s Family Restaurant
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Downtown shops will offer Santa Selfies
- 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.: The Seymour Library will offer two holiday movies, “The Grinch” at 10:30 a.m. and “Christmas with the Kranks” at 2 p.m.
- Noon to 2 p.m.: The trackless train and Silly Safaris reindeer and elves will be at Crossroads Community Park
- 2 to 6 p.m.: Winter market at Crossroads Community Park
- 5 p.m.: Entertainment at Crossroads Community Park
- 6 p.m.: Parade of Lights
- 7 p.m.: Santa lights the Christmas tree
- 7 to 9 p.m.: Santa will be available for pictures at Santa’s House at Crossroads Community Park
Those who can’t make it to the event are invited to return to the park to visit with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21.
Decking the halls in Brownstown
On Monday, Brownstown will celebrate the holidays with its annual Hometown Christmas event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse, 111 S. Main St. The event is sponsored by Brownstown/Ewing Main Street.
Live music will be performed by the Brownstown Central High School choir, followed by Santa arriving at 5:45 p.m. and pictures with Santa and refreshments being served starting at 6 p.m.
There also will be a live Nativity scene presented by Driftwood Christian Church in front of the livery barn at the Jackson County History Center, 105 N. Sugar St. The community Christmas tree lighting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Park, 121 E. Walnut St.
Also that night, the history center invites community members to check out the Festival of Trees and vote for their favorite. Trees will be on display in the livery barn at Walnut and Sugar streets in Brownstown through Dec. 27. This year’s theme is “My Favorite Color.”
Also, Santa will visit the history center from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec 8, and the facility will host Christmas in the Village on Dec. 10 beginning at 6 p.m. Visitors can enjoy carols and refreshments and tour the history center campus.
For information, call 812-358-4005 or 812-358-2924.
Crothersville will celebrate Christmas on Dec. 6 with its annual Christmas in the ‘Ville event.
It will begin with the tree lighting at the stoplight corner at 6 p.m. and continue with a number of activities at Hamacher Hall, 211 E. Howard St.
Santa will read “The Night Before Christmas” and talk with children. There also will be the traditional Cookies and Carols, featuring cookies and punch and the singing of Christmas carols and songs. Also featured will be the Christmas auction with a large assortment of donated items and sweet treats.
Funds raised from the auction will be used for maintenance and improvements of the Hamacher Hall facilities.
This annual event, sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association, is open to the public. The only cost for attendees is for items purchased at the auction.
Merry Christmas in Medora
The Medora Christmas Festival rings in the holiday season Dec. 7 in downtown Medora.
Food, craft and flea market vendor booths will open at 9 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available at the Medora Senior Citizens Center, 52 W. Main St.
There will be live entertainment from Jerry and Amber Henson and Forrest Turner from 9 to 11:45 a.m. on the stage, and a prince and princess will be crowned at noon.
The parade kicks off at 1 p.m., and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Medora Library afterwards. This year’s parade marshal is Paula Helton.
A Christmas ball with live music from the band Hot Rod Heart will be from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Carr Township Conservation Club. There will be an ugly Christmas sweater contest, door prizes, an auction and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets for the ball are $10 and may be purchased at State Bank of Medora.
Lighting of the town Christmas tree will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in front of the library with snacks, a live Nativity and Christmas carols sung by area churches.
“A Christmas Story” will be read at the senior citizens center, and residents can vote in the Carr Township house lighting contest. Winners will be announced that night.
For information, visit the Medora Christmas Festival Facebook page or call 812-966-8887 or 812-528-6042.